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Old 07-04-2016   #1
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Jackson Traverse v XP Remix 10

Looking to buy a crossover as I think it will be a good fit for me personally, touring maybe some III or a little greater in awhile. (Been over 20 years since I kayak'd much). I'm not after a garage full of boats as it is already full of bikes. Lots of good reviews out there for the Remix but not quite so many for the newer Traverse.

So I guess my primary question is does the Traverse do ok on slow stuff, say like Green River Labyrinth/Stillwater? The skeg looks tiny, but I've no real experience of skegs. Sounds like it does fine on the sort of white water I might do at other times.

Secondly any general opinions re Jackson v Liquid Logic in terms of quality etc.

Any other wisdom in this category welcomed.


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Old 07-05-2016   #2
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I've been using the Karma Traverse 10 and really enjoying it. Took it on the Salt and a few other desert trips this winter and recently down the Dolores. It handles great in big water. The bow wants to punch and climb over waves making for a fast boat. The skegg makes for easy work when touring the flats.. The new Hard Hat accessory really helps secure the hatch in harder whitewater and keep the lid on and from leaking.

It really reminded me of my Karma creek boat just stretched out a little with the added skegg and hatch. Easy to paddle and pretty dang fast. It's also got lots of cargo room and tricked out options for mounting gear to the deck like GPS using RAM mounts.

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Old 07-05-2016   #3
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The XP is a really outdated design. Slow, piggish, and just not really very fun to paddle compared to other X-overs.

The Traverse is a great boat, but has quite a bit of rocker to it. The skeg is also fairly small as you mentioned. The other thing I didn't care for is the location of the skeg cable, which takes up quite a lot of room and gets in the way when packing. The bulk head / foot peg system is pretty nice though.

I would also look at the Katana or the Fusion, as they're both a bit quicker on calm water. I've paddled all 4 fully loaded and for me, the Katana paddles the best and has the most comfortable outfitting.
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